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EB55: A Sanctuary Amongst the Wildflowers – Bataan Memorial Death March – Our Chat with Alison Brown


“That one mile I ran in my neighborhood, I thought was going to kill me.” – Alison Brown

Alison Brown played the Tuba in High School.

College was focused on math engineering.

Sports and physical activity were of little interest for Alison. All her exercise occurred between the ears.

Life happened.

And then in 2010, now single again, Alison dated a triathlete which inspired her to give the active life a try.

That first goal – running one mile.

It wasn’t easy.

Way more walking than running. But Alison kept with it.

And then the walking breaks became faster, and they became shorter.

Alison signed up for her first race, a 10 km. The race experience fully ignited her involvement in this sport.

The positive energy.

The community.

The opportunity to connect with others.

Running became an activity that not only benefited the body, it became a sanctuary for her mind.

From 5ks to marathons.

Road to trails.

Alison loved it all.

Alison recently participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March marathon within the high desert terrain of the White Sands Missile Range in south central New Mexico. Making this extra special, Alison completed the adventure with her college aged daughter, Meglyn, who hadn’t ran farther than 15 miles before this day.

Enjoy our chat that includes the following musings and other useful goodies for you:

  • from playing Tuba in band to gasping for air through that first mile in running shoes
  • memories from that first 10 km race
  • the joy of the race vibe
  • Alison’s first trail race with alligators and birds chirping
  • her favorite local trail
  • what training typically looks like these days
  • the role of running in Alison’s life
  • running reads
  • 26.2 miles with her daughter at Bataan Memorial Death March

(Alison (R) with daughter Meglyn (L) before the start of the Bataan Memorial Death March. (Credit: Alison Brown)

Alison (R) with daughter Meglyn (L) before the start of the Bataan Memorial Death March. (Credit: Alison Brown)

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About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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